Lit-Bel 4: I have a friend in Minsk, who has a friend in Pinsk…

And at last, we are in Lukashenkistan itself.  What really set the tone for the entire trip – the point when I realised that I had unwittingly managed to get myself into Belarus – was the discovery that our apartment was located on Lenin Street.  As soon as we arrived and unpacked slightly, I dragged one of my travelling companions outside (although it was 11:30 at night and windy) and we went on a wander around Minsk to get our bearings. Going south on Lenin Street, you quickly reach Nezalezhnosti (Independence) Street, Minsk’s central avenue [right].  Turning left, you reach … Continue reading Lit-Bel 4: I have a friend in Minsk, who has a friend in Pinsk…

The Itinerant Psephologist: Hungary

THE HUNGARIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, 2012  This is probably an odd way to start off what I’m hoping will become a series of articles on elections, as the election that I’m writing about is anything but standard.  It’s also something of an odd choice, given most commentators have been driven to the verge of spasm by the Egyptian presidential elections and I might very sensibly be supposed to deal with that first.  However, the Hungarian presidential election neatly encapsulates the problems the country faces at the moment, and since it’s a somewhat obscure part of the world, nobody’s talking about it.  … Continue reading The Itinerant Psephologist: Hungary